3M, a Family Affair

Meet a 3Mer and you will often find that he or she has family members who also work at 3M, part of a long 3M tradition.

Otto Meissner was a prime example. Living at 668 Greenbrier, he did not have far to go when he started work in the abrasives converting department in 1943 as part of the war effort. He was 65 at the time and continued at 3M for another ten years.

His niece Hulda Meissner worked in the ProFab Lab as part of the group developing ribbons and non-woven fabric. His nephew John was employed in the machine shop. A son-in-law Siv Bertozzi worked in engineering. Other nephews, Fred and George, and nieces, Ann, Elsie, and Elaine, also worked at 3M.

Marriages between 3M employees were a regular event, and regularly reported in the 3M Megaphone.

 

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Family Dinner

Family Dinner

A potluck-style meal is shared between 3M employees. | Source: Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

Otto Meissner, I.C. Lawrence, A.C. Rutscher

Otto Meissner, I.C. Lawrence, A.C. Rutscher

Otto Meissner (center) chats with I. C. Lawrence (left), vice president in charge of personnel administration, and A. C. Rutscher, superintendent of abrasive converting, prior to his retirement. | Source: Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

Hulda Meissner

Hulda Meissner

Otto Meissner's, Hulda Meissner, worked in the ProFab Lab as part of the group developing ribbons and non-woven fabric. His nephew John was employed in the machine shop. A son-in-law Siv Bertozzi worked in engineering. Other nephews, Fred and George, and nieces, Ann, Elsie, and Elaine, also worked at 3M. | Source: Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

Arne Melin and family

Arne Melin and family

Arne Melin, bookkeeping department, married Dorothy Wille in the statistical department. Two of their daughters Gene and Yvonne also went to work at 3M. | Source: Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

Zeuli family

Zeuli family

Father and Daughter: Delphine Zeuli, tape division secretary; James Zeuli, tape coating department. | Source: Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

"A 3M Ro-MMM-ance"

"A 3M Ro-MMM-ance"

Marriages between 3M employees were a regular event, and were reported in the 3M Megaphone. | Source: Minnesota Historical Society View File Details Page

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Marjorie Pearson, Summit Envirosolutions, Inc., “3M, a Family Affair,” Saint Paul Historical, accessed May 23, 2017, http://saintpaulhistorical.com/items/show/357.

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